With racquet manufacturers announcing new models for 2010, now could be the best time to score a terrific deal on a current model racquet. Technology that just a few short months ago was being touted as the most advanced in the world is either currently on sale or will be soon. If you are in the market for a new stick, this may be the ideal time to find yourself a steal of a deal!
Now is also the time if you have a current model racquet that you enjoy hitting with to purchase a backup or two. Due to being discontinued, they will become very difficult to find in the near future so grab one or two and stick them in your closet until needed. By doing this now you will get them for a good price and there is a good chance you will be able to locate them with your preferred grip size.
Also, now is the time to purchase replacement grommet sets for your current racquet. Hold onto them, because they may soon too be discontinued. If you intend to stay with your current racquet for a few more years, make preparations to do so now.
As always we strongly encourage you to purchase racquets with healthy racquet specifications. Unfortunately racquet manufacturers produce many models that are not arm-friendly and it is essential for your uniterrupted play and enjoyment that these be avoided. As a service to our customers we are including the following information to aid you as you select a racquet that is arm-friendly. Note, the following suggestions are based on our observations and experience.
Stiffness: An RDC flex rating in the mid 60’s or lower. Try to avoid any flex rating above 68. This is the only aspect of the frame that can not be modified. We believe lower is better. 60 and lower is our ideal range.
Weight: Racquets weighing in at 11 oz or greater tend to be healthiest. Try to avoid racquets falling in the sub 10 oz range. Weight can be modified.
Balance: Racquets with a headlight balance are preferred. Even balance is acceptable. The racquet’s balance can be modified.
Length: 27″ – 27 1/4″ is ideal. Longer can create issues. Length can be modified.
Wondering if your frame is healthy? Curious about the specs of a new frame you are considering purchasing? Ask us in the comments section of this blog and we will attempt to respond with our perception of the racquet you are considering.